Jimmie Ward
Jimmie Ward
28-Year-Old SafetyS
San Francisco 49ers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Ward's story remains the same throughout his young career; an undoubted talent who can play both corner and free safety, but has trouble staying on the field. The 26-year-old has completed a full 16-game season just once through his first five seasons in the NFL. Still, the 49ers will begin another season with Ward slated to serve a prominent role on defense. He will begin the season as the team's starting free safety, but his coverage style of play will lead to lower tackle totals (just 24 tackles over nine games in 2018) than fellow starting safety Jaquiski Tartt. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the 49ers in March of 2019.
Gets start for MNF
SSan Francisco 49ers
October 7, 2019
Ward will draw the start at free safety for Monday's contest against Cleveland, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Ward has yet to suit up in any regular-season action to date, but as evidenced by this news, will be thrust into the starting role for his 2019 debut. The 2014 first-round pick will form a daunting safety tandem with Jaquiski Tartt and will be tasked with slowing down the dynamic Cleveland offense. Even though It's a good sign for Ward's playing time that he's starting, it's still unclear if he's in line to log a majority of snaps at the position ahead of Tarvarius Moore.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Jimmie Ward's measurables compare to other safeties?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 11"
193 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.59 sec
Bench Press
9 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Ward has become known for his inability to stay on the field, fully completing just one of his four seasons in San Francisco. While his health has hurt his career early on, the 49ers' inability to stick to a plan with the 26-year-old has probably stunted his development as well. Drafted as a safety out of college, Ward was quickly shifted to a cornerback, then moved to the nickel, then back to free safety last season, and now the 49ers have said they are considering giving him reps at corner again. The team restocked its defensive back depth through the draft and free agency this offseason, but Ward figures to have a starting job somewhere in this secondary.
A first-round pick out of Northern Illinois, Ward is a former beloved prospect whose high expectations haven't been met early in his career, though position changes and injury can perhaps be blamed to a considerable extent. Ward played quite a bit of cornerback to this point in his four-year career, limiting his career high in tackles to 57. But Ward is expected to focus on free safety this year, a position he proved dominant at in college. Playing free safety might limit Ward's tackle upside somewhat, but this is a player who intercepted 10 passes in his last two years of college.
Yet another 49ers defender who stands to benefit from the Chip Kelly bump, Ward is a former first-round pick at safety who has yet to stand out in the NFL, but probably has the tools to finally do it in 2016. He'll likely start at corner for San Francisco while moving into the slot in nickel formations, which will give him the chance to defend the run more often than a purely outside corner. Still, Ward is a boom-or-bust IDP consideration due to the speculative nature of his exact role.
Ward was in-and-out of the lineup in 2014, missing eight games due to quad and foot issues. Despite being drafted as a safety, the 49ers used Ward as their nickelback against three-and-four receiver sets. His size (5-foot-10, 193 pounds) was one of the main reasons San Francisco used him at corner rather than safety, and he will likely resume that role in 2015.
Ward was the 49ers' first round pick in 2014, and he figures to line up in three-safety sets and also as a nickel cornerback. While he is undersized (5-10), Ward provides excellent agility and closing speed. He is still recovering from foot surgery this off-season, but he should be ready by the time training camp begins.
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Ready to rock
SSan Francisco 49ers
October 3, 2019
Ward (hand) is not on Thursday's injury report, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Won't play in Week 3
SSan Francisco 49ers
September 22, 2019
Ward (hand) was officially listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Steelers.
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Gets questionable tag
SSan Francisco 49ers
September 20, 2019
Ward (hand) is listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Steelers, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
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Upgrades to limited Thursday
SSan Francisco 49ers
September 19, 2019
Ward (hand) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
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Sidelined Wednesday
SSan Francisco 49ers
September 18, 2019
Ward (hand) did not practice Wednesday, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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